I tend to become very attached to my OCs. In fact, as far as Naruto OCs go, I only have the one that made almost 3-years ago, Sarutobi Juushiro. Its not for lack of trying to come up with new characters, because I’ve tried many, many times over the years. Simply put, whenever I get an OC from concept to drawing board to artwork, somewhere along the line I trash them. I’ll always find something wrong with my creations, whether its their look, abilities, or their backstory and personality; something always falls short of my expectations. Hell, Shiro himself was a 2 month process to create. I remember going through about five full revisions of him before pinning him down as the snarky but lovable bastard he is today.
Well after a long month of chipping away at my computer, fiddling on Word, Illustrator, Photoshop and Narutopedia, I finally managed to create a completely NEW Naruto OC from scratch. Not only am I completely happy with the way he turned out, I’m surprised that I never had to go through a full revision as I was creating him.
Now the only thing left to do is to finish his Character Sheet write-up, which I’ve been pegging away at for a few days now. If anything, its my own OCD hang-ups about making him as interesting and memorable as possible that’s making something so trivial, take so long. Until then, I’ve pasted the highlighted details below so that everyone can get a fairly basic idea on the direction I’m taking him.OC Description (Basic Writeup)
Given Name’s Loose Translation – First-out hit/baseball reference (isshigo)
Title: The Leaf’s Mad Batter (puns!)
Skill Class: A
Ninja Specialization: Close-Range Combat Specialist/ Sensor-Hijutsu Master
Chakra Affinity: Fuuton
Village: Konohagakure no Sato
Birthdate: August 13th
Height: 5’ 9”
Weight: 170 lbs
Endearing Traits: Fun, Humorous, Loyal, Intelligent
Annoying Traits: Prideful, Violent, Trash-talking, Mildly-Arrogant, Bi-polar tendenciesBasic Character Description:
The design of the character was inspired almost exclusively on that of the Scout from Team Fortress 2, and Mirai Trunks from DBZ. I picked and chose what I thought was a uniquely cool physical combination for a Naruto character, and refined the look to appear more dynamic and fitting for a ninja. The most significant accomplishment to me was coming up with a very neat way to show off the Konoha hitai-ate plate, that I feel hadn’t been done before. Since the Scout from TF2 wore dog tags, I came to realize that making the plate into a dog tag was a neat solution to a very tired design element for a Naruto OC. I mean lets face it, we are all bored with seeing the headband hug on the head, on the arm, or around the neck in its most basic form, right? I know I was.
If the name wasn’t a dead giveaway, hes a member of Ino’s family, being her slightly older first cousin on her father’s side. Unlike other Yamanaka OC’s I decided to make him look similar but still very different from Ino, in that I didn’t merely take an existing picture of Ino and give her a double mastectomy and call “her” a boy. That’s just lazy….lol
Anyway! He specializes in speed and agility, earning himself the nickname of being the “fastest sum-bitch in the Leaf” but his physical build doesn’t allow him to be as physically powerful as Gai or Lee. To compensate for his lack of offensive power, he utilizes a pair of lightweight alloy bat-like clubs to do damage while in combat. For these reasons, coupled with his mastery in his family’s sensor techniques, Isshigo is a designated scout/reconnaissance specialist with powerful close-quarters combat potential. His primary hang-ups come from his very limited long-range jutsu catalog and the difficulty he has with utilizing elemental jutsu.
Now the important aspect of his character’s pathos is his frighteningly strong psychic capabilities, abilities that far exceed that of other Yamanaka. In fact, the reason why his character is never part of the standard continuity is because he was sent off to receive training at one of the Fire-county monasteries to learn how to control the potency of his telekinetic abilities, which were not only causing harm to those around him, but himself as well. In fact, whenever he resorts to using his telekinesis, his brain will begin to bleed violently from the exertion, causing him to have erratic seizures.
My intention here is to give Isshigo a trump card that not only greatly helps him, but greatly hurts him as well. And the problem goes far beyond the physical here as well. I have him being constantly isolated from the family through fear of him losing control of his dangerous psychic ability. I also have him possessing serious psychological problems caused by a combination of this familial apathy and the degradation of his mind through overuse of his telekinesis. It’s a sort of re-interpretation of Yakumo’s story from the Naruto show filler-arc, combined with minor elements of Itachi and his failing health from overusing his trump-cards.Closing Artist Notes/Psychotic Ramblings
Whenever I make an OC, I go through this really long creative process of picking and choosing, to the point that it borders on the obsessive compulsive. I don’t know how to explain it, but I just want to make sure that every facet, every detail of my character is not only unique, but balanced as well. Lets face facts here, a sizable portion of Naruto OCs on the internet are vapid, recolored versions of existing canonical characters with next to no personality to speak of. And that’s not even factoring in the horribly overpowered abilities and made-up bloodline limits tacked onto these OCs as a mere last-minute, “this might be cool” addition. I’m sure orange and purple colored “Sharingan” ripoff eyes are cool to look at, but….
Why do they do what they do? Why does your character have them? What is the drawback to using them in battle?
These minor but important details are either ignored or simply never considered in the entire creative process, and for me, a person always looking for cool new characters to read about, I almost feel offended. Ok, I’m done now lol. Had to vent there